It’s 2020 and what a year it has been… well, months really. Some people may use the craziness of this time to not follow through with some of their new year’s resolutions. Let’s face it, binge-watching your new favourite TV show while eating chips isn’t exactly in line with new year; new me mentality. Sometimes simple things can help keep your goals moving… no pun intended.
My point of view: I’m dedicated to completing my New Year’s fitness resolution (even while self-quarantined). To complete my goal, it is important to use all the necessary tools at hand! By hand, I mean wrist, and by wrist, I mean a fitness tracker! I’ve seen my fair share of those, especially during my summers working at a weight loss camp. They always seemed like they were too basic, think steps and nothing else. So, I did some research into the industry to see if this was all that existed - it turns out there’s a bunch! The one I have now...
Fasting has been a part of religious practice for thousands of years. But in the past five years, it received mainstream popularity on the back of animal studies showing that skipping meals had health benefits in those who are overweight.
I started intermittent fasting following the 16:8 method in 2017. After having changed my diet to eat less breads and pastas, and more protein, fat and vegetables in 2015, I couldn’t eat as often anymore. Plus, I wanted all the health benefits that proponents of fasting claimed — autophagy being the top of that list (You may know my crazy idea by now to live to 200 — or at least to live with the mindset that I will live to 200).
"While fasting has an array of benefits, it’s still what you eat that counts."
Autophagy is a metabolic process occurring in starvation whereby the body consumes its own cells. It’s an effective way to remove old and decrepit cells. Autophagy becomes less efficient as we age and...
We spend so much time, energy and money on food, shouldn’t we be enjoying it? Mindful eating is a strategy to be fully present with your senses during the process of eating in order to improve your relationship with food.
When doing research for this article, I discovered that this is pretty much what I do and have been encouraging you to do to reach your health goals, regardless of what they may be. Whether you want to lose weight, manage type 2 diabetes or improve athletic performance, mindful eating may be your nutritional answer.
Mindful eating is all about self-nurturing.
Mindful eating happens before, during and after you eat. It is about paying attention to how food looks, smells, tastes and feels. While it might sound tediously time-consuming taking your time chewing and savouring every single bite like a judge on Masterchef in slow-mo, mindful eating is a much more flexible approach to eating.
We all know what and how much we eat effects our health. But did you know that when you eat is just as important?
I decided to write about this topic after going out for breakfast. Now, if you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you’ll know I’ve been fasting until lunch for about a year. However, I had a quiet morning to myself (which never happens) so I decided to go to my favourite cafe for breakfast. Although the food was delicious, by the time I left, I felt bloated, tired and yuck.
"It’s kind of like waiting at a bus stop for a bus at the wrong time. Luckily this bus driver will stop his break early to come and get you. But he probably won’t be too impressed, especially if he’s doing it every day."
I’d heard about chrono-nutrition before and knew a bit about it. Chrono-nutrition is the behaviour of eating at the same time each day. When you eat, your body releases hormones and enzymes to help you...
Imagine if you could wave a magical wand and wallah, you were living the life you’ve always dreamed of. That’s what challenges allow you to do. Challenges have become incredibly popular; particularly in the health and fitness industry, and particularly in Australia.
Challenges speak to peoples desire to challenge themselves. But more than that, their specific timeframe allows people to feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel. And when it comes to motivation, that is an incredibly important distinction that needs to be made.
"5-day challenges are an amazing way to kickstart any new habit."
Motivation is one characteristic that many people feel as though they lack. And motivation to repeat a given behaviour develops as you experience pleasure from an experience. But if you’re not experiencing pleasure, or worse, you’re experiencing pain, of course you’re going to feel unmotivated. Challenges give you a system to experience pleasure. And...
Quit sugar! Start fasting! Eat less carbs! What the #### are we supposed to do?! The message has become completely convoluted. I was talking to someone recently about how confusing the message has become that many people simply don’t know what to do. People get caught up in all these “tactics”, like the ones listed above, that they’ve forgotten the basics.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I recently received a copy of Luke Hines’ new book, Smart Carbs. I really like the book for the ingredients he uses, and the simple way he explains the science behind those ingredients and how they influence the body.
"The reason some ingredients are better for you than others is due to their chemical make-up and the way the body breaks them down and uses them."
If you want to lose weight, the simple answer is to consume less calories than you’re expending, and increase your level of physical activity to expend more calories....
We all know they mean well. They encourage you from the sidelines; proud of you for what you’re doing and what you’ve achieved so far. They may be sitting on the couch eating donuts and watching Netflix, but that’s okay; this is for you. And maybe your changes will lead to a desire in them to make some positive changes too.
I’ve seen it all too often. The person who finally, after years of physical and emotional pain, finally decides to do something about it and starts a new health kick — overhauling their diet and training every day. But then that loving partner, starting to miss “the good ol’ days”, but still wanting to look out for you, starts offering you one of those donuts, insists they’re not that bad for you in moderation, and in fact they’re good for you, or questions why you’re listening to all these strangers. What do you do? You haven’t felt this good about yourself for years.
"Often when you finally...
We all know we should be exercising. But for many people, finding the motivation to exercise, and the ongoing motivation to make it a habit, is extremely difficult.
For a while now I’ve been paying attention to what the people who are successful do in their pursuit of health, and what the people who aren’t successful don’t do. And there is one major distinction.
That distinction is in how they start their journey. The ones who get off to a good start are far, far more likely to not only be successful, but to integrate exercise into their life long-term.
It’s okay not to be 100% healthy, 100% of the time. For most of us, some of the most enjoyable things in life are a little bit unhealthy. Take eating pizza and drinking beer while watching the footy, or sipping cocktails by the pool in Bali; some of the things we enjoy are a little bit unhealthy. But the unhealthy habits some people have are just down right crazy!
I’m not going to pretend I’m perfect. I myself have unhealthy habits, starting with dessert. When it comes to dessert, my favourites are ice cream, chocolate and chips. The trigger for me is the finishing of dinner. And that’s an important association to make — what triggers your behaviour. Whether your habit is what I would consider as quite normal, like mine, or just a tad crazy, like I’ll explain, recognising your trigger is all so important.
"This is all about putting the mindset shift ahead of the physical shift. And this is the way it should be."
I’m used to hearing of...
Pioneering humanitarian Florence Nightingale once said, “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” This statement, no less true today than it was in the 19th century, should remind everyone that if you want to succeed, excuses have no rational basis. Sure, we all make them, especially when it comes to working out. Although deep down we all know we’re supposed to exercise, it’s always easier to come up with a reason not to do it.
Why are there always seemingly insurmountable obstacles that keep getting in the way of our fitness goals? It’s true that for many people, life often gets in the way; work, eating, social commitments that we’d rather do, and other activities always take precedence. But the fact is that what most people just need is a paradigm shift in their thinking. What you think of as hindrances, you can turn into advantages. We tend to make excuses because most of the time we just don’t want to...
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